World Premiere: “Put It Down” by Otis McDonald, John Patitucci and Mike Chiavaro

The Hard-Grooving Two-Bass Trio Comes Together for a Funky Bay Area Throwback

World Premiere: “Put It Down” by Otis McDonald, John Patitucci and Mike Chiavaro

The Hard-Grooving Two-Bass Trio Comes Together for a Funky Bay Area Throwback

John Patitucci recently teamed up with bassist Mike Chiavaro and drummer/producer Otis McDonald—best known as the the rhythm section of King Canyon—to create “Put It Down,” a five-minute funkfest that recalls such Bay Area icons as Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, and Tower of Power. The bubbling track pivots on Patitucci and Chiavaro’s dual bass line conversation, soon bolstered by McDonald’s deft drums and percussion, and augmented by his clavinet and saxophonist Daniel Casares’ twisty horn arrangement. The three shared their thoughts on their debut collaboration. Patitucci offers, “After meeting Mike, who lives nearby, I heard what he and Otis did on the King Canyon record and loved it. Otis works out of Hyde Street Studios in the San Francisco, which is the old Wally Heider Studios, and growing up as a teenager in the Bay Area is a huge part of my musical roots. I told Mike we should do something together and he said Otis was coming east with some grooves he h
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Chris Jisi   By: Chris Jisi